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About Emily Davenport, Managing Editor

Mummy to Isaac and twins Jasmine and Maisy, and Managing Editor of the Dairy Diary, Dairy Cookbooks and Recipe Diaries. Printmaker too, when I find the time! Cheery, busy and a little tiny bit cheeky.

How much is 1 of my 5 a day?

Aiming for a colourful plate can be a simple way to get the full range of vitamins and minerals your body needs.

 

And your meals will be beautiful, too!

Below, is a handy portion chart to help you ‘eat the rainbow’ – each 80g portion of fresh, canned or frozen fruit or veg equals one of your 5 A Day (or more if you like!)

 

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Mixing fruits or vegetables (e.g. 40g banana and 40g strawberries) still counts towards your total as long as each portion adds up to 80g.

Fruit juices and smoothies only count as one portion, no matter how many glasses you drink. The NHS recommends no more than 150ml a day.

Pulses, beans and legumes, like lentils, kidney beans or chickpeas, only count as one portion of your 5 a day, regardless of how many 80g portions you eat.

Potatoes don’t count towards your 5 a day because of their high starch content, but they are still a great source of fibre, potassium, and B vitamins. However, sweet potatoes do count.

Find lots more, tips and advice, as well as delicious recipes packed with fruit and veg, in your 2022 Dairy Diary – available now!

 

 

 

 

 

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Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

How to remember absolutely everything!

Juggling work, children (or grandchildren), housework, paperwork, friends and family can be enormously challenging in our frenetic lifestyle where women can ‘have it all’.

The best way to keep track of everything is to keep it all in one place – in your diary.

The Dairy Diary has it covered:


Keep receipts, parcel return labels and shopping lists in the pocket at the front.


Make a note of the friendly plumber you found, your car insurance company, your national insurance number, etc. in the handy reminders section (there are lots of prompts to help you out).


Use stickers from the sticker sheet liberally through the diary, wherever you need a reminder: birthdays, hair appointments, vet check-ups and even when the boiler needs servicing.


Every time something occurs to you – write it down! It’s out of your head and recorded on paper and easy to find. That could be ideas for days out or future holiday destination, as well as meetings, events and appointments.


Of course, there are daily entries (Dairy Diary pages are week-to-view so it’s easy to glance at what your week looks like) but it also has a weekly reminders panel for general to-dos, meal ideas and thoughts for that week plus copious notes pages at the back.

You’ll even find a gift record, so you can jot down ideas for birthday and Christmas presents, as well as ensuring you never buy the same gift twice!

And not sure what to cook for dinner? Every week has a delicious weekly recipe to inspire you. And all have been triple-tested so you can be confident that they’ll work AND taste amazing.

Dairy Diary is available to buy now

Treat yourself (and a friend) to a beautifully organised 2022.

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Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

School Holiday Idea: 25 Days of Adventure

25 Days of Adventure

 

After the initial excitement, for parents (and grandparents) the school holidays can stretch on interminably; many weeks wondering how to keep everyone occupied.

This year, in the Davenport house we have given our hols a theme: 25 Days of Adventure!

This doesn’t cover every day – some days will be spent at home doing very little (except for mum, working feverishly of course) but it’s an achievable number when we can enjoy a bit of ‘adventure’ each day even if it’s only for an hour or so.

We have brainstormed as a family, done some research, and come up with our list of adventures.

My adventures were a bit more realistic (and affordable!) than some of the children’s and definitely more interesting than my teenager’s ‘ironic’ suggestions (eye roll). Obviously, our list is unique to us, our locality and our interests, but I have generalised the list with some ideas for everyone to have their own adventures. Have fun!

Find your nearest lido.
This will be easier for those in the South as you have more to choose from, but some do exist up North too. Our local is Nantwich Brine Pool – the only inland brine pool in the UK – but there are also northern lidos in Yorkshire and the Peak District.

Antique ‘treasure’ hunt.
Give everyone a small budget – £2 or £3 each is plenty. Peruse your local charity shops to find your own pre-loved ‘treasure’. It’s nice to explain to the children how the charity helps others as you exit each shop. Take your Dairy Diary shopping bag with you (free with every order for this month only!)

Explore a castle.
Visit sites such as the National Trust or English Heritage, Cadw or Historic Scotland to choose where to go. Also, if you’re a member, you’ll go free.

Plan a local circular walk
Look at Ordnance Survey or online maps together and plan a local circular walk – stopping for a snack halfway.

Explore a local museum.
Living history – peruse your local museum; indoor or out. Discuss what you see/hear; fuel their fervour for discovering the past. We plan to re-visit Blist Hill Victorian town, which my children found so fascinating they want to go back. I think the old-fashioned sweet shop adds to its appeal!

Visit a beautiful garden
Wander around a beautiful garden and marvel at its colour and tranquillity. I got a 2 for 1 entries card with Gardener’s World magazine which I think you can still order online. Visit gardenersworld.com  for information. My teenage son is opting to stay home for this one (another eye roll!)

Explore the brown tourist signs
Spot a brown sign? There’s one for a ‘Venetian marina’ that we have passed countless times, yet we have no idea what it’s like, so it’s on our list to finally discover. Take note of tourist signs near you and follow.

Walk the river and canal paths
Stroll the paths of your nearest river or canal and see what passes you by. There are boats (with amusing names) to spot, wildlife to observe and the relaxing sounds of the water. Of course, a delightful beer garden along the way doesn’t go amiss either. Visit canalrivertrust.org.uk for information.

Challenge yourselves in an escape room.
This is a great idea for teenagers, who are often difficult to entertain. There are loads dotted around the country, and often money off vouchers on Groupon and other voucher sites.

Try something more adventurous.
Maybe a high-ropes challenge, zipwire or perhaps a theme park. Take a look at cereal packets, your mobile phone site, or loyalty points websites, such as Tesco and Nectar. Many offer deals and discounts on theme parks and other attractions.

Create a ‘kindness project’ or two.
Take a walk around your locality for inspiration – who and how could you help? It may be offering to replant the village flower boxes, mow the lawn for an elderly neighbour, make a cake for someone who needs a cheerful gesture, or help the local wildlife . Visit rspb.org.uk for information. Obviously, for younger children, simpler gestures are easier. My younger ones are baking for the neighbour and painting (and hiding) pebbles for others in the village to find. More on this is another blog…

Watch the sunset.
Bake something delicious together (my three have their firm favourites from the Dairy Book of Home Cookery) and take your goodies with a flask of hot chocolate to a lovely vantage point from where you can watch the sun go down. This may mean a later bedtime than usual, but it may also mean a lie-in the next day!

 

 
 
 
 
 

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

 
 

Gardening for Wildlife, Our Top Tips!

On a recent walk through our village, we noticed a sign for a ‘Hedgehog Hotel’ and it really made us smile.

Making the garden wildlife-friendly is so important when many of our native species are under threat.

With a little effort, your garden could become a sanctuary for local wildlife

There’s no doubt that we are a nation of gardeners, with 24 million gardens up and down the country.

With many creatures in decline, there’s no time like the present to turn your green space into a mini nature reserve.

Click the link below to read the Gardening For Wildlife article.


This feature is taken from the 2021 Dairy Diary. It’s only a couple of months to wait for the next diary – watch this space!


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Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Discover a new… place to picnic

The Gower Peninsular

As travel is still pretty restrictive – and many of us don’t fancy the prospect of sitting on a plane wearing a mask – now’s the perfect time to discover more of the British Isles

But where to begin? There are SO many fantastic places to discover, sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start, so start small: focus on one thing and find the loveliest that you can in your locality, or a little further afield if you fancy it. This month I’m focussing on picnics.

Personally, I think the best picnic spots have a wonderful view, or they’re close to something tranquil and lovely such as a babbling brook or a winding river. Ponder places within a walk or a short drive that may reveal watery wonders or glorious vistas (ideally with a bench or picnic table) and plan your trip.

Great British bakes for picnics and adventures

Take a look at this fabulous map put together by Ordnance Survey Great British bakes for the perfect picnic | OS GetOutside (ordnancesurvey.co.uk) showing picnic treats from our Around Britain cookbook. Or unfold one of your old favourite OS maps and find somewhere perfect to picnic.

Pack plenty of goodies, a picnic blanket in case of damp grass or bench, sunhat and sunglasses and you’re all set.

Happy picnicking!

Raspberry & Macadamia Cake

We’ll be heading off to Gower to enjoy our favourite view while we picnic. And we’ll be enjoying a slice of one of my favourite cakes.

Raspberry & Macadamia Cake

An irresistible Raspberry & Macadamia Cake recipe from The Dairy Book of Home Cookery.

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

8 tips for a safe beach campfire

8 tips for a safe beach campfire

It may have felt a long time coming but today is the summer solstice; the official start of summer and the longest day of the year

Make the most of those extra hours of daylight by doing something special (and I don’t mean dancing around with flowers in your hair; unless you want to of course!)

Some of my favourite moments basking in those last few rays of sunshine have been spent on the beach. Beachcombing at dusk, giggling at my ineptitude at boules; family cricket or – best of all – a beach campfire.

8 tips for a safe beach campfire

For a successful and safe campfire, there are a few rules that you should follow:

1 Choose a quiet, more secluded beach where campfires are permitted.

2 Situate yourself in a sheltered spot, not too close to anyone who may be annoyed by the smoke.

3 Dig a circle in the sand a few inches deep and about 3 feet across. Then surround with large pebbles.

4 Fill with kindling/sticks in a rough pyramid shape and light with matches or a lighter. It may help to bring a couple of natural firelighters to help get it going.

5 Toast marshmallows on long wooden-handled metal skewers or forks (and sandwich between chocolate digestives; our family take on s’mores).

6 Sit in a comfy camping chair and watch the flames as the sun goes down.

7 When your fire has died down, douse it liberally with seawater (don’t forget to take a bucket for this!) then cover any remaining embers with sand.

8 Ensure the beach looks just as you found it before you leave.

8 tips for a safe beach campfire
Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

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